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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally and a Muslim woman after voting in the first phase of the Gujarat elections.

Gujarat’s fear and suspicion for Muslims predates Modi—he just knows how to exploit it best

The implications of a prime minister polarising a state election on religious lines is way more serious and far-reaching. But Modi seems ready to risk the fallout.
BJP talks of ‘vikas’ but we can’t see it, say Muslims in Kutch

BJP talks of ‘vikas’ but we can’t see it, say Muslims in Kutch

Despite a significant Muslim population, BJP does not have a single Muslim candidate here, while Congress has one.
An illustration showing Narendra Modi, the Babri Masjid and Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Ram Mandir test: How Modi fares can be his defining legacy

The Ayodhya issue will test Modi’s political capital, because one party will leave the table more aggrieved than the other.
Muslims in Gujarat angry with BJP over triple talaq, note ban and ‘hollow’ promises

Muslims in Gujarat angry with BJP over triple talaq, note ban and ‘hollow’ promises

Voters in Bharuch show their preference for Congress, saying the party has not interfered in their ‘religious’ matters, unlike BJP.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat delivering a speech.

RSS may remind Muslims of their Hindu ancestry, but will never truly accept them

Earlier this month at a Kolkata event, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his opposition to the recommendations of the Sachar Commission Report, but the connection he tries to establish between converted Muslims and Sachar Report is a deliberate attempt to mislead.
SP looks beyond Muslims & Yadavs, opens door to all castes to consolidate base

SP looks beyond Muslims & Yadavs, opens door to all castes to consolidate base

Party chief Akhilesh Yadav likely to constitute a new team, select leaders from non-Yadav OBCs and Dalits.
Rohingya refugees at a camp in New Delhi

Talk Point: Are the Rohingya Muslim refugees a security threat? Can India deport them?

Around 14,000 Rohingyas living in India are registered, and an estimated 40,000 are said to be illegal. What can India do?

RSS affiliate campaign to reach out to Muslims after Hamid Ansari’s criticism

Muslim Rashtriya Manch will also urge Muslims to refrain from cow slaughter during Bakra Id.
A picture of TN Ninan, chairman of Business Standard Private Limited

Hypocritical contestations

There isn't much to choose between BJP and opposition parties when it comes to their record of undermining constitutional principles. T.N. Ninan
Hamid Ansari’s concern over unease among Indian minorities

Do Minorities Matter?

Hamid Ansari's concern over unease among Indian minorities came just after Pakistan swore in its first Hindu cabinet minister in 20 years. Truth is contrary to this click bait. Shekhar Gupta

On Camera

Elephant

Elephant or wild pig, none should die in blast. Cuteness quotient must not guide conservation

The attitude of Indians towards animals swings from an innate reverence for select species to a pretty strong sadistic streak on a routine basis.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.